Alina Popa

Alina Popa was born in 1982 in Romania. She has a degree in Photography and Cinematography at the Media University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania. She also studied at the Painting Department at the University of Arts in Bucharest, as well as Banks and Stock Exchange at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. She was taking classical ballet classes at a young age and in 2013 took part in several dance workshops. Since 2009 she works with Irina Gheorghe in The Bureau of Melodramatic Research (BMR) which they founded. She co-initiated the Art‐Leaks platform (art‐ and co-founded Bezna zine in 2011.

She cooperated with Florin Flueras on several occasions. Since 2012 she has worked on the Biosorcery project with Flueras, in the frame of which they develop practices and concepts including Second Body, Dead Thinking, Eternal Feeding Technique. She is contributing to other collective projects, such as Presidential Candidacy and Robin Hood Fund. Her other works include the Alpine Spectacle in Bucharest – a performance and archive illustrating the ties of nationalism and mountain climbing in 20th-century Romania. She also realised the performance and book End Pit in Istanbul. In 2011 she took part in the realisation of the performance and booklet Cry-Baby. How to Win Hearts and Influence People in Zurich. In 2011 she was one of the artists who created the performance CCA Creativity Counseling for Artists in Warsaw. Also in Warsaw, in 2012 she took part in the realisation of the performance and educational film Protect Your Heart at Work. 

She states that “paradoxically, we experience an infinite openness of the real, we are overwhelmed by the vastness of the possible and at the same time the reality is more and more something to consume in predefined bits. Our bodies are shaped by our type of culture, nature, society, economy, politics, especially in the unconscious layers, in the unknown - at the level of reflexes, habits, perception automatisms, affective circuits, etc. It’s not enough to deconstruct or to apply critical thinking to the tool-body or to the world. You need to reconstruct the body and that’s a different kind of work. We began to write about these issues and develop work, to touch these issues in practices and theory. Biosorcery is a bigger frame for all sorts of speculative concepts and practices which include the Second Body or Dead Thinking among others.”